Green, Scott make strides at tailback

The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK -- Morgan Green was looking for a breakout game in last year's Red-White spring contest to propel him into the 2007 season. Instead, he suffered a break.

Vying to start at tailback for Maryland this season, Green fractured his collarbone during the game a year ago after leading the White team in rushing. The injury, which required surgery, dampened what had been a promising spring.

A year later, the outlook is different for the tailback from Charles County as the Terrapins play the Red-White game this afternoon at Byrd Stadium.

No debilitating injuries. Impressive workouts. And a far clearer path to playing time now that Lance Ball and Keon Lattimore have departed.

Coaches hope third-year sophomores Green and Da'Rel Scott will help soften the blow of losing Ball and Lattimore, who left Maryland as No. 4 and No. 14, respectively, on the school's career rushing list.

"Da'Rel and Morgan are two amazing running backs, and I don't see why they can't be just as good if not better than Keon and Lance," senior center Edwin Williams said.

Green and Scott, also a kick returner, have combined for just 17 career rushes. But Green has distinguished himself this spring, coach Ralph Friedgen said.

"Morgan Green has moved a little bit ahead," Friedgen said last week. "I thought he had an outstanding scrimmage [last] Saturday. Da'Rel Scott has been a little nicked up with a slightly pulled hamstring. But I think both of them are very good running backs and I think will play a lot for us next year."

The offensive line will be key to success or failure. Last season, the line was depleted by injuries. This spring, Friedgen said, he's impressed with the line's depth but is still working on getting everyone in sync as Maryland adjusts to new offensive coordinator James Franklin.

"We have a lot of missed assignments. That is the thing that is really hurting in the offense right now more than anything else," Friedgen said. "They're not effort mistakes, they're more mental mistakes. We've got to get those corrected."

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